Saturday, December 10, 2011

Baked Chocolate Covered Cherries & holiday link up


These little cookies are always made in December for our Christmas Open House.  They are a lot of work and I try and not make them every year but my youngest daughter always request them so I do make them. She insist that I make them because they are really good and they are a part of our tradition.  She helped make them last year and told me she will do them herself this year (she is 12.)


Baked Chocolate Covered Cherries


Ingredients
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. margarine, softened (sorry folks but I tried butter and margarine works best)
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
16oz jar Maraschino cherries with stems on (need about 30 cherries, separate juice from cherries)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, salt, b.powder and b. soda.
In another bowl, beat together margarine & sugar until fluffy.
Add egg & vanilla.
Gradually add dry ingredients & beat until well blended.
Shape dough into 1-2 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Press thumb into center and put in a cherry.  Cover top of cherry with more dough.
Bake 10-12 minutes and let cool completely.
While baking make frosting.

Frosting (optional)

6 oz pkg. semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
Drained cherry juice

In a small saucepan, combine chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.
Heat until chocolate melts.
Stir in 4 tsp. of reserved cherry juice.
Once the cookies come out of the oven, spoon about 1/2-1 tsp over each cherry.

These are very yummy! They just take time consuming to make.
Below you will read the details but with this post I'm picking the winner from the first 100 entries! Remember for every 50 entries into this link up, I pick a winner. The winner from the first 1-50 comments was picked. Today I'm picking the winner from the 1-100 entries. Today's winner will get a $25 Hodgson Mill Gift Certificate to the online store! That random winner is entry is # 19 Budget Saving Mom with the reindeer hand craft!

Link up your Holiday Tips, Crafts & Recipes!
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5 comments:

Stephanie said...

What a fun idea! I LOVE chocolate covered cherries so I'm sure this recipe is scrumptious!!

Stephanie
www.chocolatecoveredbuttons.com

Rene @ Budget Saving Mom said...

Yay!! I am so excited about the $25 gift card. Thanks so much!!! (-:

Becolorful said...

Those cookies look so good. Now I am having a chocolate craving. :) They don't appear too difficult if you just have the time. Thanks for sharing them on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.
pam

ButterYum said...

Now isn't that a clever idea! Very cute.

:)
ButterYum

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

I love chocolate covered cherries and can't wait to try these cookies!

Thank you so much for linking-up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

I've spotlighted your post on my Facebook page today.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
Jenn

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